Kirk Douglas was saddened to hear about the deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett last week (beg22Jun09) - because it brought back painful memories about the passing of his son ERIC.
The Charlie's Angels actress passed away on Thursday (25Jun09) after losing her three-year battle with cancer at the age of 62, while the 50 year old King of Pop died on the same day after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Douglas worked with Fawcett on 1980 sci-fi movie Saturn 3, and the news that she had died young hit the veteran actor hard - because his son Eric passed away at the age of 46.
Douglas writes on his MySpace blog, "This has been a sad week. We don't like to think about it, but we all know that someday we will die. But, when someone dies young it makes us think about the preciousness of life.
"I did a movie with Farrah Fawcett in London. What a beautiful girl with a great sense of humor.
"Michael Jackson gave millions of people all over the world enjoyment. Yes, he had his problems. It's sad to think of such a great talent extinguished when his light was burning so brightly.
"It makes me think of the people in my profession that have died too young: Steve MCQueen, Natalie Wood, Marilyn Monroe. I know the pain of personal tragedy, my son Eric died at 46. When I visit his grave every week I see fresh flowers at the gravesite of Marilyn Monroe.
"While we mourn for the deaths of young people like Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, let us think about how precious life is and resolve to make it worthwhile."